I visited Bloom in Phoenix Park on Saturday for what was an absolutely beautiful day of food, flowers and fun. It was truly wonderful to stroll around and see all the amazing homegrown Irish stalls showcasing their produce as the sun shone down on the bright, warm Dublin festival.
Whilst many gardening enthusiasts lined up to see the stunning show gardens, I was particularly excited about the Food Village at Bloom. We made our way there first!
On arrival we picked up a couple of smoothies from Glenilen Farm and were kindly given some granola samples to try. We then found the Chef’s Quality Kitchen stage where we would catch Neven Maguire‘s cookery demo. Neven was so entertaining which made standing to watch him totally worthwhile (we weren’t early enough to nab a couple of seats for his packed out segment!). Neven’s passion for quality ingredients and his support for local Irish produce was very much evident throughout his demonstration. He made some gorgeous dishes such as a goat’s cheese pizza and a Thai broth with mussels and pok choi. He also finished with a lemon, vanilla and Coole Swan fruit pot and showed us how to make some very impressive sugar baskets to present our dessert with.
Of course after watching Neven, I had to seek out the Coole Swan stand. The ladies there kindly gave me a sample of the Irish cream liquor to try and it was absolutely delicious. I purchased a bottle of the all-natural and gluten-free liquor and also received a Coole Swan recipe booklet which I am looking forward to using!
We had a browse around the stalls and soaked up the atmosphere. I picked up some raw organic artisan cheeses from The Little Milk Co, a chilli chutney from Cracked, some flavoured butter from Improper Butter as well as some plant-based goodies from Natasha’s Raw & Living Food.
We went in search of lunch and it wasn’t long before I spotted The Happy Pear tent and made a beeline for it! I bought their book The Happy Pear just a couple of weeks ago so I was dying to see what they had in store at their tent. I wasn’t disappointed; they had beautiful salads and sourdough bread on offer along with fresh juices and lots of goodies! They were also selling their now famous pesto and hummus which I had to try!
The two boys appeared at the tent while we were there. They absolutely ooze joy and enthusiasm and a clear passion for health and wellbeing so it was great to meet them and get a photo!
Lunch was a salad bowl and a juice from The Happy Pear and we enjoyed it al fresco on the grass soaking up the sun.
We then treated ourselves to some ice creams from Nobo as the sun beat down. I was lucky enough to get my hands on their sell-out Cookie Sandwich. Nobo ice-cream is dairy-free and made from a creamy mix of coconut milk and avocado. It is also made without the use of refined sugar. Most importantly it is absolutely delicious! I wished I could’ve bought some to take home but of course it would have melted in the car!
Back at the food market I visited the gorgeous Wild About stall and got some foraged preserves including nettle syrup, raspberry and chilli chutney and Rockin’ Rosehip preserve.
I also tried and loved Nutmost activated nuts. These nuts are soaked and dehydrated making their nutritional benefits much more accessible. I picked up a bag of their crunchy maple walnuts. So so good!
I also tried out the all-natural and no-added-sugar backcurrant cordial from Mr. Jeffares. I’m looking forward to using both the nettle syrup and the blackberry cordial in my home-made fermented Kombucha drinks among other things!
Finally, I picked up some of the OHCo Organic Herb Company spices in three different combinations as pictured below! I can’t wait to cooking with these organic spices.
We then finished off our day with a relaxed walk around the incredible award-winning show gardens. It was a great day and it was brilliant to see and support so many healthy, natural and quality Irish food companies. I will definitely be back to Bloom again!
The Clean Coconut x